Former president Jacob Zuma speaking to students at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha on Wednesday. PHOTO: ANA Reporter

Johannesburg - Former president Jacob Zuma has said the key to attaining true freedom as a country was to decolonise economically. 

Zuma was addressing students at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, on Wednesday.

While the main focus of his speech was free education, he touched on other issues including the need to de-colonise as a country to attain true freedom. 

"I have a view that our freedom is not complete but we call it freedom as if it is complete. For an example, colonialism... some country in Europe sent a journalist, long before the Berlin conference, to go and investigate what is in Africa. 

"The journalist discovered that this continent is very rich and its wealth has not been touched. That partly influenced a conference of countries in Europe, who met to discuss the colonisation of Africa."

He went on to add: "I have a belief that in the process of our fight [to decolonise] we narrowed the meaning of decolonisation, we only look at political decolonisation and not economic decolonisation. We are still colonised economically, we have not yet decolonised ourselves."

Zuma went on to say that Africans were supposed to be the law-makers, so as to maintain control over the continent's minerals.